Basic Summary for Raynaud's phenomenon


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Main name of condition: Raynaud's phenomenon
Other names or spellings: Raynaud's, Raynaud's disease, idiopathic Raynaud's phenomenon, primary Raynaud's syndrome


What is Raynaud's phenomenon?
  Brief description of Raynaud's phenomenon: Blood vessel constriction attacks affecting fingers and/or toes.
  Parent types of Raynaud's phenomenon: Blood vessel conditions, Nose conditions
  Organs Affected by Raynaud's phenomenon: blood vessels, fingers, toes, hands, feet, nose, lips, earlobes
  Types of Raynaud's phenomenon: Primary Raynaud's phenomenon, Secondary Raynaud's phenomenon, Vibration-induced white finger
How many people get Raynaud's phenomenon?
  Prevalance of Raynaud's phenomenon: 5-10% (NIAMS estimate). Scleroderma-related disorders including Raynaud's phenomenon between 250,000 and 992,500.
  Prevalance Rate of Raynaud's phenomenon: approx 1 in 20 or 5.00% or 13.6 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Raynaud's phenomenon: Although estimates vary, recent surveys show that Raynaud's phenomenon may affect 5 to 10 percent of the general population in the United States.1 ... Although estimates vary, recent surveys show that Raynaud's phenomenon may affect 5 to 10 percent of the general population in the United States.2
Who gets Raynaud's phenomenon?
  Patient Profile for Raynaud's phenomenon: Typically women 15-50. 75% are women aged 15-40. Any age possible.
  Profile for Raynaud's phenomenon: Women are more likely than men to have the disorder. Raynaud's phenomenon appears to be more common in people who live in colder climates. However, people with the disorder who live in milder climates may have more attacks during periods of colder weather. 1 ... Women between the ages of 15 and 50 are most often affected, but anyone can have the problem. It is not known for sure how many people suffer from these symptoms, but Raynaud's is a common problem. 3
  Gender Profile for Raynaud's phenomenon: Women more than men.
  Gender Profile for Raynaud's phenomenon: Women are more likely than men to have the disorder.2
  Geography Profile for Raynaud's phenomenon: More common in cold climates.
  Geography Profile for Raynaud's phenomenon: Raynaudís phenomenon appears to be more common in people who live in colder climates. However, people with the disorder who live in milder climates may have more attacks during periods of colder weather. 2
How serious is Raynaud's phenomenon?
  Complications of Raynaud's phenomenon: see complications of Raynaud's phenomenon
What causes Raynaud's phenomenon?
  Causes of Raynaud's phenomenon: see causes of Raynaud's phenomenon
What are the symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon?
  Symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon: see symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Raynaud's phenomenon: see treatments for Raynaud's phenomenon
  Prevention of Raynaud's phenomenon: see prevention of Raynaud's phenomenon

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Questions and Answers about Raynaud's Phenomenon: NIAMS
2. excerpt from Raynauds Phenomenon: NWHIC
3. excerpt from NHLBI, Raynaud's Phenomenon: NHLBI

Last revision: June 12, 2003

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